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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1320–1328

Luminescence from bismuth-germanate glasses and its manipulation through oxidants

A. Winterstein, S. Manning, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, and L. Wondraczek  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 2, Issue 10, pp. 1320-1328 (2012)

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We report on the luminescence properties of bismuth-germanate glasses in which the speciation of bismuth is controlled via addition of CeO2 as an oxidant. A glass system with the composition (70.5-x)GeO2 – 24.5Bi2O3 – 5WO3: xCeO2, with x = 0...2.0, is analyzed in terms of optical properties and redox states of bismuth and cerium. We show that optical transmission and luminescence in the visible to near-infrared (NIR) spectral range can be adjusted by the ratio of bismuth and cerium. Specifically, ultra-broad NIR luminescence spanning the range of 1000 – 1600 nm can be obtained for x ≤ 0.1. This is of particular interest for application of this type of glass in fiber-optical amplifiers where no additional dopants would be required.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials

ToC Category:
Fluorescent and Luminescent Materials

Original Manuscript: July 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2012
Published: August 31, 2012

A. Winterstein, S. Manning, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, and L. Wondraczek, "Luminescence from bismuth-germanate glasses and its manipulation through oxidants," Opt. Mater. Express 2, 1320-1328 (2012)

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